More than 2,000 attend fundraiser for injured Lexington restaurant owner

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - His son calls it an overwhelming show of support. More than 2,000 people showed up for a fundraiser, helping a Lexington restaurant owner badly burned in an accident.

Mamadou Savane is now recovering at home two weeks after the accident in his restaurant's kitchen. He owns both Sav's Grill and Sav's Chill on South Limestone.

Already raising more than $61,000 with 'A Feast of Love 4 Sav,' the support for Sav just keeps pouring in as thousands of people poured into Smiley Pete Publishing on Monday night for the first of many fundraisers.

"We owe so much to him," said Leslie Bentley, who attended the fundraiser.

"We're just getting together for a really great cause for a really nice guy," said David Jaggie, who also attended the fundraiser:

Sav's son, Bangaly, says he's already overwhelmed by the donations received online and now this.

"I keep saying it's hard to process because it really is. It's just an unbelievable number of people," said Bangaly Savane, Sav's son.

With 100 percent of the proceeds going to Sav, Bangaly tells us he can't say thank you enough.

"I intend to shake everybody's hand today because it really does mean a lot," said Bangaly. "It's my dad, and I love the guy."

But for those giving to Sav, they say it's pay back for him giving so much to Lexington.

"I think that Sav has done so much for our community especially near campus that it's about time that we give back to him," said Bentley.

Organizers say they are still counting the money but know that thousands of dollars were raised at Monday night's fundraiser.

Sav's Grill will reopen Tuesday after being closed for three days.

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